Students help break ground on new elementary school in Richland

Students help break ground on new elementary school in Richland

A growing population in Richland is pushing for new and replacement schools and on Friday, a project many have been anticipating finally started.

Jefferson Elementary School students sang in excitement as the district broke ground on their new school.

The new Jefferson Elementary is the final project of the district’s 2013 $98 million school bond.

Richland school board president Rick Jansons said this is something many have been waiting for.

“This is an amazing growing community,” said Jansons. “It’s an exciting feeling, the kids are excited, we got to have the kids up here throwing dirt and i think they’re excited to watch the progress of their new school.”

The new school will be 65,000 square feet and house 537 students.

Even though construction is just beginning, the district expects doors to open at the start of the 2018 school year.